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Osteoporosis injections could be replaced by skin patch

4th September 2009

The need for patients with severe osteoporosis to take daily injections could be reduced by a new drug delivery system.

At present, many patients receive parathyroid hormone (PTH) therapy by injection to improve the body’s calcium balance but a new drug delivery system that allows PTH to be administered via a skin patch has been tested in a clinical trial. Pharmaceutical company TransPharma Medical tested the ViaDerm drug delivery system in postmenopausal women with severe osteoporosis and says it has achieved promising results.

The Arthritis Research Campaign has welcomed the early findings.

 

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